This is the Nikki Miller-Ka show, people. You all are just cast members on this Emmy award-winning show. You didn't know?
Sometimes (well, a lot of times) I fall short of my own expectations and I say, "F#@* it" and go on to the next goal or task. Sometimes I revisit the subject at hand, but mostly I tend to leave it a pregnant chad: punched-in-but-not-quite-but-you-can-kind-of-tell-so-it-should-count-but-we'll-wait-and-see kind of way.
All that being said, I am in a diet/eating/save the world by sustainability self-assess mode as of right now. I got this new CD/book from my mother's sister Conscious Eating from body + soul magazine. It has a 3-disk combo pack with a box of 40 meditation cards and a hardback eating guide. (no, not hardtack. Hardback. I saw you give me that look)
I popped in the 1st CD on the way to work today and by the time I pulled into the parking lot, I felt as if my life had transformed on Interstate I-40. Gael Chiarella is the guide and author of this pack and she has one of those calm, low soothing voices you want to hear while taking yoga or being read a bedtime story. I know I don't have to extol the joys and greatness of yoga, but I felt as if I were participating in a yoga class while gripping the wheel of my Malibu.
This audiobook goes through a series of mental, physical, and emotional exercises that help us embrace new ways of thinking about eating to naturally eat less, choose healthier foods, and feel better.
Being a foodie, I think about food, dream about food, talk about food, cook food, smell food, eat food every waking moment of my life. If I'm not talking about food, I must not be awake. I think about other professional chefs, writers, bloggers, commentators and wonder what their relationships to food are. What exactly is a healthy relationship with food? Because I struggle with my waistline is my attitude unhealthy? Can I be so consumed by this one subject that my approach can never be deemed safe? Am I a glutton in the sense that I seek out not only morsels of food, but morsels of knowledge about food to fill my proverbial cup?
Over the past few years I've realized why Americans are seeing an epidemic of unhealthy attitudes and waistlines: because we don't savor our food. Sure, yeah, you may smell the aroma of your meal or someone else's meal wafting through your nostrils or you may snap a pic or two to Photoshop later. That is not what I'm talking about.
We take a "working lunch" and
eat at our desks,
eat while standing,
eat in the car,
at the ballpark,
in the ballet studio,
anywhere except a kitchen table.
Thirty-minute meals are our friends. Sodium-laden, pre-packaged meals evaporate the worry beads of sweat on our foreheads. Fast, quick, easy, now. Don't talk, eat! While eating out with friends and family is a pleasure, but in less than 20 minutes we're done.
For example, in elementary school (I went to a parochial K-8) we had 20 minutes for lunch. A teacher would stand in front of the cafeteria and ring a gold-tone bell. We'd say grace in unison and then plow through the trough called a lunch box. We consumed, drank, wiped our mouths (well, some did anyway) and then the lunch proctor would ring the bell to signify the end of the feeding period. When we all graduated to the big Catholic high school, we had a whole 47 minutes for our lunch period. What the hell? What are we going to do with the other 27 minutes? We learned young to speed up the eating process.
I hope to learn and embrace some new ways of thinking about food. If this audiobook helps or not, I think I'm due for a change.